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100 Ways to Waterproof

With the rise of the DIY channel, the internet, and product availability, everyone is a DIY expert. So, why is it necessary to call an expert when you want to waterproof your basement? Surely you can do it yourself, right? Wrong.

While there are literally 100 ways to waterproof your basement, nine times out of 10 they only work for a short period of time. Why? These methods never take into account the PRESSURE from which the water is entering your home. Why does this matter? Pressure put forth by the water is how it is able to flow into your home. There are two types of pressure that cause water to move – hydrostatic and lateral.

Hydrostatic pressure has to do with the water table, or the level of water in the ground where your home is positioned. There are a number of factors that play into the water table including the proximity to bodies of water and the frequency and intensity of rains or snowmelt. If you live in the Tri-State area, you are used to the periods of very wet weather that we are prone to. So, if it’s a particularly rainy year and the ground can’t soak up all the water, the water table rises and creates hydrostatic pressure which then enters your home in a crack or hole in your foundation walls or floor and into your basement or crawlspace.

The second type is lateral pressure. It’s dependent on how the soil around your home drains. If there happens to be a lot of clay in the soil (which is common in this area), the soil won’t drain as well and absorbs water and expands. Also, the area 10 feet around the home where the footers were originally placed and the soil was backfilled and looser, and is often overwhelmed with rain water when the home’s gutters are clogged or when downspouts are in the ground and pushing large volumes of water right next to the foundation. When this happens, the soil expands and creates lateral – or sideways- pressure against the foundation which causes basement leakage.

NOTE: Anything that can happen to a basement, can happen to a crawl space…which is basically a short basement, albeit likely with a dirt floor.

Now, back to the subject of this blog. Cruise a local hardware store or the internet and there are hundreds of ways to fix this. Here are the things to keep in mind about the most popular methods…

Most of them, if not all, are very, very temporary. A sump pump; interior sealants and coatings; water drainage solutions; and more, repair the problem for the time being. If you want something permanent – you need to call the expert: Your Basement Solution.

Your Basement Solution not only offers PERMANENT waterproofing solutions, in addition to indoor air quality systems, foundation repair, radon testing, and basement finishing systems. We truly are the one-stop shop for all of your basement (and crawlspace) needs. Why not work with the area’s leading basement solutions provider for the past 30 years?

Call (812) 842-0728 to speak to a LOCAL, LICENSED professional today!